10 Signs You Might Be Pregnant

Not positive that you are pregnant yet? The waiting can be a nerve-racking place to be. An unplanned pregnancy is never easy, but whatever happens, you are not alone. If you think you are experiencing early pregnancy symptoms, always take a pregnancy test to be sure. Here are some of the most common signs that you might be pregnant.

What are the top 10 signs that I might be pregnant?

Here are ten of the most common pregnancy signs that could point to pregnancy:

1. More Frequent Urination 

When you become pregnant, your body’s amount of blood increases and causes your kidneys to process more fluid. This fluid then makes its way into your bladder, causing you to urinate frequently. If you are urinating more frequently than usual, you may be pregnant.

2. Your Missed Period

A missed period is a very common early sign of pregnancy. It all has to do with your unique menstrual cycle and what normal is for you. If you have irregular periods often, pregnancy may not be the case. On the other hand, if you missed your period and it’s out of your menstrual routine, you might be pregnant.

3. Fatigue

Fatigue can feel like muscle weakness, tiredness, or slowed reflexes and responses. During early pregnancy, you may feel sleepy due to the extra progesterone in your body. If you’re feeling constant fatigue or even slight signs of it, pregnancy could be the reason.

4. Nausea 

Some women experience nausea early in their pregnancy, and some not at all. Nausea with or without vomiting is a common sign that you are pregnant. The hormonal changes in pregnancy play a big part in this and how you experience this pregnancy symptom.

5. Mood Swings

Ever feel like you can’t control your mood? Mood swings are obvious for those you live with and can pick up on it before you do. Due to the number of hormones released in your body during pregnancy, you can become very sensitive and emotional. 

6. Tender Breasts

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause your breasts to be sore and sensitive. Once your body adjusts to your pregnancy, this can tend to go away further into your pregnancy. Tender breasts are a common sign that you might be pregnant.

7. Food Aversions

Are you feeling extra sensitive to certain foods or odors? Experiencing food aversions is common in early pregnancy. It’s a process that your body goes through during your first trimester. 

8. Mild Cramping

Slight cramping could be an early symptom of pregnancy. Many times, women experience this in their first trimester and it’s nothing to be worried about. If you come up negative for pregnancy, do follow up with your doctor.

9. Nasal Congestion

An increase in hormonal levels and higher blood production causes mucus membranes to swell and dry. It can cause you to have a runny or stuffy nose. This is subtle but a common early pregnancy symptom.

10. Bloating

Bloating is a more difficult symptom because many things can cause it. The hormonal changes during early pregnancy could cause you to feel bloated, similar to how you feel at the beginning of your menstrual period.

How do I confirm I’m Pregnant?

If you find yourself experiencing a couple or even just one of these symptoms, you should confirm your pregnancy. Take an at-home pregnancy test and then receive lab-quality pregnancy testing to be sure. Confirming your pregnancy will give you the confidence you need to move forward. Talk to our team today if you have any pregnancy symptoms, questions, or if you want to know more about your pregnancy options. We are here for you.

 

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“Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens first.” Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853.

 

When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Begin?

If you recently had unprotected sex or a birth control failure, it’s easy to think every little twinge or symptom you feel is a sign you are pregnant. But it’s important to know most women will not experience symptoms of pregnancy until they are at least 5-6 weeks pregnant. 

 

Mild Early Pregnancy Symptoms

 

In some cases women may experience minimal spotting around three weeks when the fertilized egg implants on the uterine wall. Also during the third and fourth week you may notice little hints of pregnancy, like a loss of appetite for certain foods, fatigue, or urinating more frequently than normal. 

 

As your pregnancy progresses into the 4th and 5th week these symptoms can become more pronounced, and you may have periods of nausea and begin to notice breast tenderness. Pregnancy symptoms can become more pronounced during this time because your body is beginning to make changes to care for your pregnancy. These changes are caused mostly by the hormone levels in your body beginning to adjust. 

 

Other Pregnancy Symptoms

 

Hormone level changes are the major contributor to many of the symptoms you may begin to notice in the 6th and 7th week as well. During this time, morning sickness, or just overall nausea, can become more prevalent. You may also notice mood swings and an increase in fatigue. At this point your uterus and pregnancy are also growing rapidly leading to more frequent urination. Spotting during this time is not unusual.

 

Pregnancy symptoms become more pronounced by the 8th week. In addition to all the earlier symptoms, you may begin to experience bloating, heartburn, and sleep disruptions. Food cravings and food aversions may join the list, and of course, your clothes may begin to feel a little tighter with weight gain and pregnancy progress.

 

Get the Answers You Need

 

While all these symptoms can be indicators of pregnancy, the best way to know if you are pregnant is with a pregnancy test and a visit to your local healthcare provider. The medical staff at BSideU for Life can discuss these symptoms, provide free pregnancy testing, an ultrasound at the right time, and provide you the information you need to make the best decision for your health. 

 

Contact BSideU for Life today to schedule your free appointment. 

Is Planned Parenthood Free?  

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For some women, a positive pregnancy test brings about feelings of fear, worry, and stress, especially when finances are already a source of anxiety. Diapers, food, clothes, etc. — it’s no secret that parenting comes with expenses. However, what often goes undiscussed are the expenses that come with terminating a pregnancy. 

Your friends at BsideU for Life are here to prove you’re not alone in this new season, give you the facts about your pregnancy options, and dispel some important abortion myths. 

Is Planned Parenthood Free? 

As you consider your pregnancy options, understanding the potential costs is important. Abortion is a serious medical procedure and is often not covered by insurance plans, and unfortunately, you’ll likely find that many abortion clinics are seeking financial gain based on the choices you make for your body. 

Because Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization, many women assume they will find free services when they walk in their clinic doors; however, you might be surprised to find that healthcare at Planned Parenthood doesn’t come cheap. 

While it depends on the abortion procedure you choose, what part of the country you live in, and market competition in general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 for medical abortions and first-trimester surgical abortions to upwards of $3000 for second trimester or late-term abortions. You can also expect to pay additional fees for some other testing services or medication related to your pregnancy and abortion. 

Free Pregnancy Testing

While most abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood won’t offer free reproductive healthcare, you still have options!

Before you schedule an appointment for an abortion, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy with a certified lab-quality test. Even if you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, a lab-quality test will confirm you still have detectable levels of pregnancy hormones, indicating that you’re still pregnant. While a pregnancy test might be added to your bill at an abortion clinic, you can find free and confidential pregnancy testing at your local pregnancy centers, like BsideU for Life.

Free Ultrasound

You might be wondering why you would want to get an ultrasound if you’re planning on getting an abortion. However, ultrasounds are not just for women who plan to parent. These scans are actually an important part of the abortion process as they will help you identify the age, location, and viability of the pregnancy. 

These facts will not only give you insight into which abortion procedure you’re eligible for, but they will also help you identify any underlying conditions you might have that would increase the dangers of abortion. 

An ultrasound is required under Kentucky law prior to having an abortion as part of the patient’s informed consent rights.   If you obtain a free ultrasound from BsideU, it cannot be substituted for the one that an abortion clinic must provide by law.  

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The staff here at BsideU for Life is passionate about providing women with the resources and facts related to their pregnancy options.

When you walk inside our clinic, you’ll find pregnancy testing and ultrasound services, pregnancy options counseling, and physical and educational resources if you decide parenting or adoption are right for you. Most importantly, we’re here to help you confidently make the best decision for yourself and your future! 

Will I Pass My STD to My Baby? 

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Planned or unplanned, pregnancy can bring about a million questions, anxieties, and worries. If you think you might be pregnant and have an STD, you’re likely wondering if your condition will have any impact on your pregnancy, your options, and — if you chose to give birth — your baby.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are caused by microbes (bacteria or viruses) that are  transferred through sexual contact through the mouth, anus, or genitals. If you or a sexual partner have had sexual contact with more than one person, at any point, you run the risk of contracting an STD.

While it’s always important to be aware of the risks related to STDs, this is especially necessary if you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant.


Pregnancy and STDs — Will I pass my STD to my baby?

In short, yes — some STDs can be passed from the mother to the baby during pregnancy, birth, and even after the child is born.

STDs that can be passed to your child include the following:

– Chlamydia
– Genital herpes
– Gonorrhea
– Hepatitis B
– HIV/AIDS
– HPV/genital warts
– Syphilis

– Trichomonas Vaginalis


What happens if I pass an STD to my baby?

Having an STD while you’re pregnant can cause complications in your pregnancy and can seriously impact your baby’s future health and wellbeing.  Depending on the infection, some potential impacts on children born to mothers with STDs might include:

– Premature birth
– Blindness

– Deafness

– Eye infections

– Pneumonia
– Meningitis

– Liver disease

– Blood infection

– Brain damage

– Lack of coordination 

– Acute hepatitis

– Stillbirth



I think I’m pregnant and have an STD — What do I do?

Whether you think you’re pregnant or not, if you’re sexually active, it’s important to be tested for STDs on a routine basis. Because these diseases can lay dormant, it’s wise to be tested even if you don’t have any symptoms.

At BsideU For Life, we provide free STI testing and treatment at no cost to our pregnancy test clients, along with our other free services, including options counseling and ultrasounds. 



Abortion and STDs — What to Know

 

If there’s a chance you might have an STD and are considering an abortion, you’ll still need to be tested before moving forward with your abortion appointment. In fact, getting an abortion while carrying an untreated STD can be extremely dangerous. Surgical abortions can cause untreated diseases to spread throughout your body, which can result in sepsis and septic shock. Women with STDs are also at a greater risk for ectopic pregnancies, where the pregnancy isn’t located in the uterus.  Undetected, an ectopic pregnancy can lead to serious complications.

Like with any major medical procedure, it’s essential that you have a full picture of the potential risks and side effects of abortion, especially if there’s a chance you might have an STD or STI.

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Worried that you might have an STD or STI?  It’s essential to be aware of these infections and be in control of your health and wellbeing!

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Note:  BsideU tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomonas Vaginalis

Can I Buy the Abortion Pill Online?

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It’s so simple to buy things online and have them shipped to your door. From electronics, to beauty supplies, to healthcare products, it seems everything is available online. Plus, ordering online is convenient and anonymous, so you don’t have to worry about anyone asking questions.  In the age of the worldwide Covid19 pandemic it also seems like a viable solution, right?

So should you order the abortion pill online?

Ordering the Abortion Pill Online Isn’t Worth It

Considering an online abortion pill purchase?  You should know what seems easy may not be worth the cost to your health and your future.

Because of the powerful drugs contained in the abortion pill and the reaction it creates in your body, the FDA has strict guidelines regarding who can manufacture the pill and how it is prescribed.

As a result, the online sellers of the abortion pill are usually questionable companies who don’t have permission to make or sell the abortion pill–they are only looking for a quick buck.

Because the sales are not approved and are oftentimes illegal, any abortion pill you order online lacks safety and dosage guarantees. This can lead to severe and dangerous medical complications that could require professional medical attention. Without proper dosage the abortion pill bought online may not effectively terminate your pregnancy, requiring a follow-up surgical abortion.  In fact, a study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that 11% of users needed follow-up  surgical procedures, for either incomplete abortions or excessive bleeding. 

When buying from an online source, you are not only violating FDA guidelines and putting your health at risk, you could be potentially making an illegal purchase as well, which might carry legal implications for you in the future.

Ordering the Abortion Pill Online Is Not Worth the Health Risk

The FDA considers the abortion pill to be a serious medical product, requiring it only be prescribed under the supervision of a certified healthcare provider. 

The healthcare professional will ensure that you are a candidate to receive the abortion pill.  How?   Confirming how far along the pregnancy is, and using an ultrasound to make sure that yours is not an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a serious condition which can not be addressed with the abortion pill.  Ectopic pregnancy requires medical attention as soon as possible to protect you from dangerous and life-threatening complications.

After the ultrasound, the healthcare provider should also ask you a series of questions to make sure any medical history or current treatments won’t create complications with the abortion pill. They should also ask you if you are using an intrauterine device (IUD), which would need to be removed before the abortion pill is prescribed.

During the course of treatment from the abortion pill, medical supervision is also important to monitor for side effects, which may be serious and complicated.   Let’s face it — addressing complications and side effects quickly can only happen with the help of an involved healthcare provider.  This at least potentially protects you from life threatening issues, or ones that may affect your long-term health.  Otherwise — you risk facing them alone and at home, with no one to turn to.  

The FDA takes the quality and prescription of the abortion pill very seriously, and so should you, that’s why you shouldn’t put your health in the hands of shady online companies promising cheap fixes. 

Whether an abortion is in your future is a tough decision in the midst of a crisis, let alone hastily getting it through dangerous and regulated chemicals provided by unreliable online sources.  You deserve the best supportive, nonjudgmental care from providers who will listen to everything you face.  So your first step when you find out you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, is to schedule an appointment with BsideU.  We can provide the testing and information you need to make the very best decision for your health and future.

Healthy Weight Gain for Pregnancy

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Most doctors will tell you that you can gain anywhere between 25-30 pounds throughout your pregnancy. You should aim to gain about 3.5 pounds during your first trimester, although more often than not most women find that they lose weight their first trimester. The reason for weight loss is simple: morning sickness. Some women suffer from such a severe case of morning sickness they can’t keep anything down. Chances are your doctor won’t be too concerned if you lose a few pounds that first trimester as long as you gain steady throughout the next two trimesters.

Your second trimester is where you will probably put on most of your weight.  Most women put on about a pound a week, so roughly four or five pounds a month which brings their second-trimester weight gain to about 12-15 pounds. Of course, some women put on more while others put on less. Don’t be surprised if you put on a lot of weight one month and not so much your next.

For the 7th and 8th month you will probably continue gaining about a pound each week or so. Look to gain between 8 and 10 pounds those months. Most women find that their weight gain slows down in the 9th month. You might find your weight gain coming to an end as your due date draws nearer. This can be a sign that labor is near. Or, you may find that your weight gain continues especially if you are retaining a lot of water.

So where does all this weight go? It doesn’t really make sense that you should gain between 25-30 pounds if your baby is only going to weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.

First, you have your baby. An average baby weighs about 7 1/2 pounds. Some can weigh more and some weigh less. That amniotic fluid that your baby has been swimming in for the past nine months weighs about 2 pounds. Figure in about 2 pounds for your breast enlargement and 1 1/2 pounds for your placenta. Your uterus, which started off about the size of a golf ball has grown to weigh about 2 pounds. Your body should be producing about 4 pounds of extra blood by the end of your pregnancy and about 7 extra pounds of fat. Let’s not forget the extra fluid of about 4 pounds that your body might be holding on to. All this equals to the grand total of about 30 pounds.

Now keep in mind this is just an estimate and not a guarantee of how your weight will increase. There are women who wind up having a 10-pound baby and others who have a 5-pound baby. The key is to maintain a healthy weight gain throughout your pregnancy. Your body needs extra calories and it is best for you and your baby if those extra calories come from food that has a lot of nutritional value such as fruits, vegetables or protein. Staying away from junk for will help you curb your weight gain.

When it comes to taking the weight off, don’t be surprised if your body hangs on to it especially those first weeks delivery. Most women still look pregnant for a few weeks after delivery. This is normal. Once you are home, keep this in mind that it took nine months to gain that weight so give yourself at least a good nine months to take it off.

What You Should Know About Your Unplanned Pregnancy

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Here’s what every woman should know when she looks down and sees the two parallel lines on a positive result that she didn’t plan on:

You’re Not Alone

Nearly half (or 45%) of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States are unintended pregnancies. That’s over 2.8 million pregnancies that weren’t planned.

Of those unintended pregnancies, some are “mistimed,” meaning a woman wants to be pregnant eventually, just not right now. And some are unwanted pregnancies, meaning a woman never wanted or intended to be pregnant.

You’re definitely not alone. You’re not “stupid,” you’re not an “idiot,” and you’re not at fault. Things just happen.

Your Life Isn’t Over

When some women find out they’re unexpectedly pregnant, a few “acquaintances” and people who aren’t a regular part of their life may say that their “life is over”. They won’t be able to continue with their career. They wouldn’t be able to have the social life they had come to enjoy. They wouldn’t be able to do much of anything at all if it didn’t involve staying home and taking care of the baby.

What an outdated way of thinking. Plenty of women have children, work, spend time with friends, go outside of their homes and life fulfilled, well-rounded lives.

It’s Not A Mistake

An unplanned pregnancy isn’t a mistake nor does it have to be considered a mistake. Pregnancy happens. You can do everything “right” and take all the birth control that is available, and still get pregnant.

It happens when a man and woman engage in sexual activity. It’s not a mistake because it’s no one’s fault. You’re not to blame. Your partner or the person who contributed to this unplanned pregnancy isn’t to blame.

Because You Have Options

An unplanned pregnancy isn’t the end of the world or the end of your life or a mistake, because you have options for the birth of the child.

You may not be ready to raise a child.

Adoption is an option. There are many families waiting to love and raise the child you are carrying.

It’s Okay If You’re Not Excited

The initial reaction to your unplanned pregnancy has no bearing on the kind of mother you are going to be.

Many women are scared, confused, unsure and almost sad when they learned they were pregnant. Now? Now their child is happy, healthy and thriving. You won’t be a bad mother just because your first reaction to being pregnant isn’t “Yippee!” Big, life-changing moments deserve and often require a moment of pause, reflection, and even a dash of understandable fear.

It Can Be Shocking And Scary

Make no mistake, we’re talking about pregnancy, here. We’re talking about parenthood. We’re talking about a life-long commitment. That is a big deal.

It’s overwhelming and it’s okay if you’re shocked and scared. You’re under no obligation to pretend to be happy just because you’re a woman and just because you’re pregnant.

This is your life, and it will be your life that changes. You get to feel whatever it is you want and need and end up feeling.

BSideU For Life is here to offer you the emotional and spiritual support … and space … you may need to simply begin the process of accepting and adjusting to the news that you’re pregnant.

You’re Allowed To Be Excited, Even If You Didn’t Plan Your Pregnancy

Of course, at the same time, you don’t have to feel upset or scared if that’s not your initial reaction, either. If you’re super happy and excited, be super happy and excited! Because, whatever you feel is normal, valid, and worthy of being expressed.

This is your experience to live, and no one else gets to live it for you.

You Don’t Have To Explain How You Got Pregnant

You don’t have to go to into detail about failed birth control or condoms or diaphragms or IUDs or whatever else. It’s no one’s business. Everyone knows how babies are made. There’s no need to explain how you ended up pregnant.

Learn more about the various services we offer at BSideU for Life. Just give us a call or stop by.

 

Caffeine and Pregnancy – How Much is Too Much

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One of the first things most women prepare to say goodbye to once we see a positive pregnancy test result is caffeine.  Many women will stop their caffeine habit cold turkey out of the sheer fear of doing some sort of damage to the new life growing inside of them. These women will swear off anything that has caffeine in it from coffee, and soda to even chocolate. Then there are some who will still drink caffeine but cut back. Instead of drinking five cups of coffee a day,  cut back to at least one cup of coffee to get us through the day.

Our mothers and grandmothers will likely tell us that they drank the same amount of caffeine pregnant as they did when they were not pregnant and their children turned out fine. However, a lot more research has been done since their time and studies are showing that too much caffeine can cause some complications such as preterm labor and/or low birth weight.

So how much caffeine is too much caffeine?

Doctors are telling their patients that a moderate amount of caffeine will not harm their babies. Even though caffeine does cross the placenta, anything less than 300 milligrams a day (an 8-ounce cup of strong coffee) will not do any harm.

Anything over 300 milligrams puts your baby at risk and studies have also shown that women who drink more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day during their first trimester have a slightly higher risk of a miscarriage.

Studies have also shown that women who had over 500 milligrams of caffeine a day had babies who had faster heart rates and faster breathing rates. These babies also spent more time awake in their first few days of life rather than peacefully sleeping after their long journey.

There are a number of other reasons why we women might want to cut back on the amount of caffeine we drink during pregnancy.

For starters, it has no nutritional value. If there is ever a time for us to be aware of our nutritional needs it is when we are pregnant.

Second, caffeine is a stimulant which will increase your heart rate and can cause insomnia and headaches which can put some stress on your growing little one.

Third, caffeine can cause heartburn. If you have been pregnant before you know that heartburn can be a burden to begin with, and caffeine just makes it worse.

Lastly, it is a diuretic which means it can cause you to lose fluids which can put you at a risk of becoming dehydrated.

While it’s not necessary for you to give up all caffeine throughout the duration of your pregnancy, you should learn how to drink it in moderation or don’t drink it at all.  If you can’t handle having only one cup of coffee a day, then you might be better off drinking no coffee at all. Stick with caffeine-free sodas and even decaf coffee.

Exercise During Pregnancy

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For some women, the thought of exercise during pregnancy is as appealing as a root canal without novocaine. In their minds, they have a nine-month pass to avoid keeping up with their gym routine. The first three months they are battling morning sickness and exhaustion. The next three months they are beginning to show. The last three months are so uncomfortable that walking ten feet to the bathroom is pure torture, so there is no way they will be able to walk on a treadmill for ten minutes.

On the other side of the coin, there are some women who don’t let something as little as being a pregnant stand in their way of exercise. These are the women we might see actually teaching a class at the gym, or speed walking throughout our neighborhood with their very pregnant bellies.

Most of us, however, fall somewhere in the middle and that is just how their doctors like it. Exercise and being fit are highly recommended when pregnant. Not only does it help control weight gain, but some women swear it helps with delivery also.

There are some things to keep in mind in order to protect yourself and your growing little one.

For starters, you need to keep an eye on your heart rate as you are working out.  Letting your heart rate rise to high could be dangerous to your little one especially in your first trimester. You want to maintain a steady heart rate and should do the talk test throughout your workout to make sure you are at a safe level.  The talk test is when you talk during your workout. If you are having a hard time talking and wind up huffy and puffing more than getting out actual words, then you are working too hard and need to take it down. Most doctors recommend that you work at a pace where talking is challenging but still doable.

Pregnancy is not the time to try out new exercise routines.

This means that you should not try the new spinning class that your gym offers.  Stick with the routine you have already been doing and that your body is used to.  You may find that you have to make some modifications to some of your exercises as your pregnancy progresses.

If you are a runner, a modified low impact jog throughout your first trimester is fine but once you enter your second trimester and begin to show, your jog has to be brought down to a walk.

For those of you who love sit ups, crunches, and floor pushups, you can continue to do these up until you hit about 14 weeks or so. After that time period, no floor exercises are recommended.

If you don’t have any sort of exercise routine in place before you get pregnant, this still does not give you a free pass. Almost every doctor will tell you that walking is a great exercise for any pregnant women who are not high risk.

Walking at least thirty minutes, three times a week is a safe way for a pregnant woman to stay active. Walking is something you can do throughout all three trimesters though you might find yourself moving at a slower pace by your third trimester.

Another great plus to walking, especially as you approach your due date, is that walking can actually bring on labor.  Many doctors will advise their patients to walk, walk and walk some more in the weeks leading up to their due dates to get things rolling. Some women who have walked throughout their entire pregnancy have an easier delivery and recovery period.

The days of pregnant women kicking their feet up and not moving from the couch for nine months are days of the past. While strenuous exercise is a no-no pregnancy is no longer a good excuse to stop moving.

Pregnancy and Nutrition

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You are excited and feeling joyful when the pregnancy test is positive. You find yourself already caressing your stomach in hopes that your little one can feel your touch. The next nine months are going to be an exciting time for you and your baby. You have a human life growing inside of you and will feel him or her move as they get bigger. Your baby will soon be a bundle of adorable goodness that you can’t help but kiss over and over again. Pregnancy truly is a miracle.

To help this miracle along, it is essential for you to eat as well as you can throughout your pregnancy. The first three months might be a little difficult to eat balanced meals when you are dealing with food aversions and morning sickness. If you are one of the rare lucky ones whose stomach doesn’t so much as move during your first trimester, then you can take full advantage of eating healthy right out of the gate.

Making sure you eat balanced nutritious meals also lays down the foundation for your baby. A diet of junk food is not going to help your baby with bone development and organ formation. Potato chips will not help with brain development. Your baby and your body need calcium and vitamins to achieve all of this.

Eating well during pregnancy is going to help your baby eat well after it is born and on solid foods.  As your pregnancy progresses, some of what you eat will cross the placenta and the taste will be in your baby’s amniotic fluid. Babies swallow this fluid and their taste buds are so developed that even in the womb they are able to taste the flavors. Doctors believe that babies who are exposed to a wide variety of fruit and vegetables while in utero have less of a chance of being a fussy eater later in life. They believe that these are the babies who will eat their fruit and vegetables without putting up any fight.

Doctors also believe that moms who drink milk throughout their pregnancy have an easier time weaning their babies from formula or breast milk to regular milk.  This, however, is only one benefit, the other benefit of drinking milk throughout your pregnancy is all the calcium you will be giving your baby’s bones. Many doctors recommend that you drink at least one eight oz glass of milk, usually fat-free, a day. Calcium is a must have your baby’s bones and his teeth, even though you won’t see his teeth for at least a few months. If you’re not a milk drinker, you can get calcium from many other foods including: Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Dried Figs, Kale, Yogurt, Mustard Greens, Broccoli Raab, Soybeans, Rhubarb, Okra, Quinoa, Navy Beans, Oats, Broccoli, Cannellini Beans, and so many more vegetables that surely you will find something that is calcium-rich that fits your taste buds.

This isn’t to say that you have to stay away from all sweets or treats or occasional junk food all the time. You can indulge every now and then and thanks to cravings you may find yourself wanting sweets more often than not. You do have to keep it in moderation. Being pregnant should not be looked at as an excuse to eat whatever you want for nine months. But instead look at it as a way for you to prepare your baby for happy, healthy life. And that means that after your baby is born you both are happy and healthy.